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transportation for seniors in Indianapolis

There are many different types of transportation available for seniors and services that provide it. Some of the area Senior Centers or County Senior Services also provide van transportation to the community centers, doctors visits, congregate meal sites, shopping and outtings. Transporation to medical appointments is available through your area Senior Services programs on a donation basis. Call as far in advance as possible because they book up quickly. Some people need professional assistance in getting to surgical or therapy sessions, diaylsis, chemo treatments, etc. Private ambulance services, wheelchair transportation and van services are available to meet this need. 

Wheelchair Transportation is usually available 24 hours a day/7 days a week and can direct bill for Medicare/Medicaid, secondary insurance amd will be you for the remainder.  A family member or friend can usually ride along.  Some stretcher/ambulance services will transport wheelchair clients via stretcher at the wheelchair rate due to limited availability. Medicare only pays for routine ambulance transportation up to 25 miles away from the hospital to a nursing facility, home or outpatient treatment if you meet the definition of Stretcher Acceptable Patient.  A Stretcher Acceptable Patient cannot sit in a wheelchair safely, cannot walk without assistance and must be bed confined 18 hours before and after transport.  Medicare DOES NOT cover any wheelchair transport to doctor's office, transfer from one hospital to another if needed services is available at existing hospital.  Medicaid Coverage is the same as Medicare plus wheelchair transportation with doctor's prior authorization and stretcher service to doctor's office with doctor's authorization. Average rates are usually base cost plus additional charge per mile. Some services are better than others in explaining and pursuing Medicare covered charges. Know your rights and always shop for best price and terms from at least two services. Routine ambulance transport is not the same as emergency care. If you need emergency care, call 911.

For Handicapped Parking Permits complete the form below and submit application at nearest license bureau. Handicapped Parking Spaces the City will designate 20 feet of space as handicapped parking by placing a sign in front of a property owner's home. A doctor's certification is needed. 

See our list of providers of Transportation, Ambulance and Wheelchair Accessible for Indianapolis, Avon, Greenwood, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg, Lebanon, Zionsville and surrounding areas.


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Boone County Senior Services(765) 482-5220
Central Indiana Council on Aging (CICOA)(317) 254-3660
DAV Disable American Veterans(317) 988-2472
Hancock County Senior Services(317) 462-3758
Handicapped Parking Permit(317) 233-6000
Handicapped Parking Space(317) 327-4693
Hendricks County Senior Services(317) 745-4303
Indianapolis Senior Center(317) 263-6272
INDYGO Metro Open Door(317) 917-8747
Johnson County Senior Services(317) 738-4544
Senior Transportation Program 
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